PM's Palestine Visit: Defence, Security On Agenda, 12 Pacts To Be Inked

Mahmoud Abbas Narendra Modi

This will be Modi's fourth meeting with Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas.

The Prime Minister will leave for the UAE later in the day for a two-day visit.

Secondly, India has contributed immensely to Palestine's nation-building efforts, including infrastructure development and capacity building. The two leaders had discussed the Palestine issue then. Both sides agreed to deepen their engagement in several areas including health, IT, tourism, youth affairs, sports, agriculture.

India has consistently voted in favour of resolutions supporting the Palestinian cause at worldwide forums, an issue that has bothered strategic partner Israel.

The unilateral USA decision to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel was challenged at the UN General Assembly where 128 nations, including India, voted to turn down the move as "null and void". "The Palestine visit will begin on 10th February after transiting through Jordan", Modi tweeted.

"The Palestinian presidency welcomed the historic and important visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the city of Ramallah on Saturday, the first of an Indian prime minister to Palestine", according to the official Palestinian news and information agency "WAFA". "The Indian diaspora is a bridge of friendship between India and the Gulf countries".


The presidency announced that president Abbas and his guest, the Indian prime minister, will hold a session of important talks, which will address the latest developments in the political process in the region because of India's global stature, it said.

Trump and Modi "expressed concern about the political crisis in the Maldives and the importance of respect for democratic institutions and rule of law", the White House said in a statement.

The meeting also criticised the attitude of the Congress party.

"These include an investment of $500 million in low-priced housing", Mridul Kumar said.

"And in 2016 we laid the foundation stone to establish the Palestine India Techno Park project in Ramallah, and we are also looking forward the establishment of the Institute of Diplomacy that is kindly funded by the Indian Government", he noted.

The investment from the UAE to India exceeds $11 billion. Modi's visit to Palestine would be his first, though the he has met Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas on three previous occasions. In Oman, they constitute the largest expatriate community. He will then hold talks with Sultan Qaboos Bin Said Al Said, who will host a banquet in the visiting dignitary's honour. And in Oman Modi is scheduled to pay a visit to a 200-year-old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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